- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
Al-Qaida re-emerges in Afghanistan
While the American people have turned their attention to Iraq's weapons and the antics of Saddam Hussein, an insidious threat has arisen in Afghanistan.
To much of the American public, the issues in Afghanistan have been solved. The Taliban is dissolved. A democratic government is in place. U.S. troops are there to make sure things stay stable.
But the fact is that al-Qaida has a lot of sympathizers, and foot soldiers in that group's jihad are streaming into Afghanistan training camps.
Finding and destroying these camps is no easy matter, as they are small and mobile. Some experts estimate as many as 10,000 terrorists could be preparing for action around the world, including those in the Afghan camps.
Even more disturbing is the fact that they could have access to materials for dirty bombs -- those containing radiation -- and have the know-how to build them.
After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, it's no secret what these terrorists are capable of doing. This country's military leaders are faced with dealing with Saddam Hussein, but they have not forgotten who the first and foremost enemy is: terrorists of all stripes.